Optician bids farewell after 23 years in Medway
A director of three Medway Specsavers stores is finally giving up his retinoscope and retiring after 23 years of service.
A great new challenge
Graham Jones, store director optician of Specsavers in Chatham, Sittingbourne and Gillingham says he will greatly miss all three stores and the hundreds of staff which he’ll be leaving behind.
Graham comments: ‘I opened the first Specsavers store in Kent at the age of 38, in Chatham with my business partner David Moorman.
‘It was a company no one had really heard of at the time, so David and I thought it would be a great new challenge. We started with just seven staff members in 1992, but now this would amount to hundreds following the Sittingbourne store opening in 1992 and Gillingham which opened in 2006.’
Training staff members
Graham has helped many young opticians at the stores to progress, with several beginning as Saturday staff and being trained up through the ranks to become fully qualified optometrists.
He continues: ‘I will miss each and every staff member. They have made my experience here all the more worthwhile and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed training them and seeing them develop.
‘My thanks also goes to David Moorman, who has helped me build up our practices and develop our relationship with the Medway community. It’s been a wonderful journey and I wish everyone the best of luck for their future with Specsavers.’
A well known optometrist in Medway
Graham has been a part of various Medway clubs such as the Round Table, Chatham Rotary Club and was also vice president of the Kent Local Optical Committee.
Specsavers Chatham assistant store manager, Tracy Rayment says: ‘Graham is a well-known optometrist within the Medway Towns area and will be greatly missed by all his fellow store directors and staff members.
‘One of the things we will miss the most is his riotous laugh and his generosity with past celebration parties and company gatherings. We raise a glass of red and say well done and thank you to Graham for the last 23 years!’